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tv.org. >> next kevin mattson recounts the presidential election of 1952 and richard nixon's checkers speech delivered on national television on -- the speech was given in response to allegations that nixon misuse political donations. the author recounts nixon's usage of this family dog checkers to denote his every man status and save his vice presidential nomination. this program is about an hour. >> good evening everybody. before we begin if it's okay to come up closer, it's not church, synagogue or a mosque. mosque. i am very pleased that our friends from c-span are here, so this will be broadcast at some point, sooner than later i am sure. they always do a great job and i want to welcome c-span again to politics and prose. it has added to -- c-span has added to our civil discourse and whatever bookstores you come to, they are generally independent and c-span is really wonderful. i want to welcome tonight kevin mattson. we are celebrating the publication of his book, "just plain dick." how many of you were around when the checkers speech was given? and i am sure many people in the audienc
election of 1952 and richard nixon checkers speech. the speech was given in response to allegations that nixon misused political funds. and used his dog checkers to tout his every-man status and save this vice presidential nomination. >> good evening, everybody. before we begin, it's okay to come up closer. it's not church, synagogue or a mosque. i'm very pleased that our friends from c-span are here. so this will be broadcast at some point. sooner than later, i'm sure. and they always do a great job and want to welcome c-span again to "politicspoliticspolitics an" c-span has added to century civil discourse, and whatever book stores you come to they're generally independents, and c-span is really wonderful. i want to welcome tonight kevin mattson, and we're celebrating the publication of his book "just plain dick." how many of you were around when the checkers speech was given? and i'm sure many people in the audience tonight will also have been around in the tv audience. it is -- it brings back a lot of memories, and it's particularly appropriate that this is the night before an e
. four decades ago henry kissinger, then president nixon's national security adviser, secretly flew to china beginning a string of meetings that would eventually open that isolated eastern nation to the western world. that opening checked soviet expansionism and in a sense was the beginning of the end of the cold war. >> this was the week that changed the world. >> it was also the beginning of china's entry into the world economy, which has resulted in that country becoming the world's second largest economy. >> red china's battle plan. >> but back then the idea of a rapprochement with china would have been rejected as pure fantasy. china was a communist regime that had been fighting america and its allies across the globe. how did the decision come about in the midst of such intense opposition? what were the internal maneuverings that paved the way, the secret dealings that made it actually happen? who better to ask than the man himself, dr. henry kissinger. this is what the world looked like when you enter into the white house with richard nixon. the united states has had no relat
came here after richard nixon was like did in 68. >> guest: rehnquist went back to phoenix and decides that he jumps into everything he could possibly join to become a better and business getting attorney in these extreme is successful, by the way. very little known are the amount of property he was able to amass and wealth by the standards of that time in phoenix. he was very successful. he meets the protÉges and supporters of barry goldwater, whose really shaking things up is a precursor to ronald reagan in goldwater in the early 60s. so he hitches up with these guys and one of the people he meets is richard kleindienst and kleindienst is a key guy for goldwater and is also caught the attention of the nixon administration and john mitchell, who was nixon's best friend, campaign manager and attorney general. the kleindienst is invited to come on as the number two man and says i need rehnquist with me. he's really smart. mitchell opposes at first because he said we don't need more than one cowboy. when cowboy is enough. when cowboy from arizona is enough. the kleindienst persuades him
that works terribly well at this point. to correct what did you think of richard nixon when you worked with him? >> i liked him better after i was not working for him and he was out of the presidency. i kept up with him quite a bit. if obviously a very intelligent man, a man with enormous personal problems in terms of relating to people. i've understand much better, which i did not at the time when i worked for him, how he was not an effective administrator and how he could not keep all of those words in the can, whether you are talking about the administration or a special watergate. >> how did you keep up with him during the years after she was president? >> he read one of my books in the early 1980's which he liked and somehow or other if we started having correspondence again. then he gave me a number of parties and i with the maximum four time a year. his office was in new york and in new jersey. when i would go from washington to our house in connecticut, sometimes i would stop and see him. and we would discuss politics and we would discuss some of the things that had not been ab
. >> what did you think of richard nixon when you worked with him? >> i liked him better after i wasn't working with him and he was out of the presidency. he is a very intelligent man, a man with the enormous personal problems in terms of relating to people. and i understand much better, which i did not a time when i worked for him, how he was not an effective administrator and how he couldn't keep all those worms in the can, whether you are talking about the administration or special watergate pierre >> had been to keep up with him after the years that he was president? >> he read one of my books from the early 1980's that feel like. somehow, we started having correspondence again. i would see him max for times of year. his office was up in new york and then in saddle river, new jersey. so when i would go from washington to our house in connecticut or sometimes i would stop and see him. and we would discuss politics and some of the things that had not been the school -- had not been discussedable before. >> did you ever get in setting to watergate and how that happened? >> i think i
father, his secretary, and the secret service agent who installed it. that is until president nixon made infamous. [applause] of the presidential recording systems were revealed. against the backdrop of watergate, taping can seem problematic. but it is a unique and invaluable resource. on these tapes, history unfolds real-time in the most dramatic possible way. here are the confrontations of the civil rights movement and the life decisions being made during the cuban missile crisis. people often ask me why my fatherfather install the systems. as a lover of history, i know he would've been talk of this new technology as a way of keeping an accurate record of events for the memoir he planned to write after leaving office. after the bay of pigs, people say he wanted to be able to remember who said what in case they later changed their tune. [laughter] the wonderful thing about this book is that although much of this material has been available, it has not been easily acceptable until now. the original recordings of of varying quality, and it is not always clear who is speaking in meetings.
of 1972 after two weeks of reflection at camp david, president richard nixon told reporters, my study of elections in this country is that second terms almost inevitably are downhill. yes, richard nixon said that in '72. after a string of legislative successes in his first term and after narrowly winning a second term as president, president bush claimed a mandate. >> when you win, there is a feeling that the people have spoken and embraced your point of view. and that's what i intend to tell the congress. i earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now i intend to spend it. >> spend it he did. just 16 months later, bush made this stark admission to the press corps. >> just after the 2004 election, you seemed have claimed an en enviable balance of the capital. would you make that claim today? >> i would say i'm spending that capital on the war. >> not only did plummeting support for the war erode bush's second term, but he also overreached with the social security privatization push. his reform then collapsed under the weight of the other issues. they bungled the response
family in the 60s and 70s and made the reagan democrats. first they were nixon democrats, people live who voted for john f. kennedy voted for nixon in 70-72. one of them was my mother. she stopped telling us who she was voting for. said there was a secret ballot. so my father and i knew that meant she probably noted -- voted for nixon. what i saw trying to piece together what happened in my family, my father stated died in the wall civil-rights liberal and my mother although i don't think she ever called herself a republican was a little ashamed of voting for nixon did, there was a sense of fear, the unraveling, the movement of the 60s were fantastic and a lot of us in this room, something else that happened in the 60s was there was a lot of turmoil. we saw a change in the economy we didn't recognize coming and people were able to mistake racial change and social change for why jobs for these working-class men were going away. i saw in my own family that my mother, one brother was in new york city cop and one was a firefighter, they were working in the increasingly dangerous city and ther
, his enemies had their one chance. as did richard nixon and henry kissinger. their one chance to get rid of this man. and instead of trying to protect himself, the documents, the records show without a doubt that bud zumwalt relished this opportunity to finally take on publicly his opponents. and for once and for all, put the racists in their place. it was a harrowing experience for him. he was this close to losing his job. and, indeed, if henry kissinger had played his cards right, perhaps history would have been changed. but it didn't happen. but bud relished that fight, and the documents show that. he relished it for one simple reason. throughout his whole life, something i've learned from reading the materials, and i'll talk about what materials i used in a moment and the problem i had getting some of those materials, but he believed in this really simple axiom which if in your heart you believe it's right, t worth fighting for -- it's worth fighting for, you know? and that doesn't happen too often in the our public n our public realm. and it mattered to his sailors, and i tell t
richard nixon has. >> when richard nixon did it, do you think he felt he would manage to calm the right down or a price he was willing to pay? >> it was a price he was willing to pay. >> this was the week that changed the world. >> richard nixon said when he went to china with you, of course, in '72, the week that he was there, he said this is the week that changed the world. >> he was right. >> well, those were some of the tough decisions we wanted to analyze. do you agree with the choices these people made? what are the toughest decisions you have made? join in the conversation online #toughdecisions on twitter. we'll highlight the most interesting ones on our website. thank you for joining us tonight. we hope your decision to watch our show was not a tough one. >>> it's extremely unlikely in my estimation that david gregory is going to jail. but the "meet the press" moderator is under investigation for wielding this particular prop during an interview with the head of the nra. >> so, here is a magazine for ammunition that carries 30 bullets. now, isn't it possible that if w
is actually about how things in this life tend to line up. ♪ oh, i remember richard nixon back in '74 and the final scene at the white house door. ♪ the staff lined up just to say good-bye, tiny tears in their eye. ♪ he said nobody knows me, nobody understands. ♪ little people have been good to me, oh, i'm gonna shake some hands. ♪ but he he lined 'em up, lined 'em all up, oh, line 'em up, line 'em all up. ♪ line 'em up, come on, line 'em up, line 'em all up. ♪ >> not really a song about nixon, a verse about nixon -- [laughter] and how he left office. i was fascinated by to watch him on camera. he was at the podium saying good-bye, i'm not a crook, farewell, and then he had a staging problem. he had -- and i was interested in how they handled it. nixon didn't have a great walk. it was sort of -- [laughter] if you've seen those depictions of the evolution of man -- [laughter] from the sort of coming from the primordial ooze to, and then slowly becoming, walking on all fours and then, finally, ending on the extreme of cro-magnon man walking along this sort of -- along there
% approval rating, unpopular. richard nixon during watergate in 1984, 24% approval. also very popular. banks that had just crashed the global financial system and were throwing tens of millions of people out of work worldwide, 23% approval, not good. paris hilton, 15% approval. the u.s. becoming a communist country, which had apparently been polled by rasmussen got 11% approval, oddly. and then there was congress. 9%. 9% approval rating. that is not good, people. that was in 2011. now, according to gallup, congress is up to 18%. that is still awful. and even the people who serve in congress don't like congress, they hate congress. they are embarrassed by it. just listen to them. >> we have lacked the courage to face up, to deal with these issues. we here in washington are going to hurt the american economy. we're going to hurt americans at every level, and to me, it's just a travesty that we've not been willing to deal with this issue. >> americans believe congress is broken. the american people know, democrats and republicans, that this place isn't working and there need to be some changes.
division from president nixon through presidents of both political parties to president obama. his nomination has also received a letter of support signed by each chair of the section on antitrust law of the american bar association, who has served as chair of that section between 1977 and 2011. so 29 of the most practitioner d proketicianers of antitrust -- practitioners of antitrust law have written in support of this nomination. and i just wanted to take this opportunity then -- it really is an honor to not just thank the president for this nomination but really to thank bill baer for being willing to leave a quite successful law practice to return to service of our country in an area that's critically important to our free-market economy in which he happens to be one of our nation's foremost experts. so i hope my colleagues will support the nomination of bill baer when it comes to a vote very soon this afternoon. i thank the chair and yield the floor. mr. shelby: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from alabama. mr. shelby: mr. president, i would like too tak to t
the vietnam war and ultimately moving to impeach president nixon over the watergate scandal. our next guest ira shapiro is the author of "the last great senate:courage and statesmanship in tames of crisis." welcome to the program. >> nice to be here. >> why do you call it the last great senate? >> well, because from the early 'sick through about 1980 we had a senate that was in the forefront of everything that was going on in the country, and accomplished a great deal. the senate of humphrey, muskee, baker, ted kennedy, many other great americans. and we haven't had a senate like that for the last 30 years. i don't mean it's the last great senate we'll ever have, but we haven't had one since. >> why the decline, do you think, from that caliber of political leadership that we had in that era? >> a lot of reasons. first, it's actually harder to be a senator in this day and age of campaign finance demands. lobbying corps that's grown five-fold, 24-hour media. it's a much more difficult situation. but the real key is that the senate was not a partisan institution, the great senate. bipartisansh
resolutions. ♪ [ music ] >>> new years resolutions, pat. >> get at list one book on nixon done this year. >> another one? >> one. >> can get cracking on my memoir, and also continue to jog so i can continue to stay healthy and continue to do combat. >> ensure that everything i put on twitter is completely accurate. >> are you going to do a memoir? >> no. >> really? >> write a book that responds to pat buchanan's last book. >> my new year's resolution is to not have such a heavy foot when i accelerate vehicles. we try to give it to you straight. celebrate the new year. bye bye. ♪ [ music ]
. -- a different way. those days before nixon's resignation, what was the atmosphere like for you with the expectation and the pressure and the rumors and all that? >> to put it in perspective, i was a senior in high school at the time. you know, the way my dadwe weree did things differently. [laughter] i guess that is the best way to put it. dad never talked about it to the family until it was literally the last minute. he was one of those people if you told him this is a secret. do not repeat it. he did not. he kept it totally to himself. i think maybe he said something to my mother, but other than that, us children had no idea. in new because the news media was saying president nixon is going -- you knew it because the news media was saying president nixon is going to resign. you did not have the news media like today so it was very different. we had news media waiting in our front yard for something to happen. so, it was one of those things that dad did not say something until the very last minute. yes, we are going to the white house and we need to pick out clothes. [laughter
in the midterm? >>guest: they will do really well in the midterm. i view a nixon like second term for president obama to be honest. your poll numbers are showing that type of drop. it happened very quickly. >>neil: i look at bad poll numbers for congress, as well. >>guest: that is true. you do not elect a congress. you elect a congress person. that is the big difference. you elect a president. when the negatives are out of orbit, it is hard to bring them back. nixon could not do it, and i don't think obama can, either. he only has one term left. >>neil: well...ronald reagan when he agreed in the 1986 tax hike to raise taxes although they were lower than when he came into office he agreed with a commitment to cut spending at the time the ratio was 3-1 spending cuts over hikes. that did not pan out but it wasn't 41-1, the ratio of hikes to cuts now. that worries me, that there is no push behind the deal. >>guest: it was 1982 he did the tradeoff of 3-1. that did not work out. he got the $98 billion tax increase. bob dole publicked that through. he got a promise of three times as many. in 1986 it w
. and when president nixon went into office the soviets were not about to get their first. the next leg of the space race was a series of sprints. >> we launched a saturn 5 every two months, a remarkable achievement. >> each mission got thebl astronauts a little closer to their ultimate goal. apolo 9 launching march 1st and they were the first to test the lunar module in space. apolo 10 launching may 18th, 1969 with stafford, young and sunik and flew within 50,000 feet of the lunar surface. that would be a dress rehearsal for the apolo 11, demanded by neil armstrong. >> what will your plans be in the extremely unlikely event that the lunar module does not come offff the lunar surface. >> well it is an unpolicent sent -- unpleasant thing to think about and we choose not to think that at the present time. >> they would walk on the moon with arm stropping. >> there is a lot of gossip back and forth, buzz, about how it ended up neil armstrong was the first man. there was hope you were supposed towe be, right? >> there was an uncertainty. every eva was done by the junior person. th te senior
the country has changed in a good way. but right after richard nixon became president, for vacancies appeared on the supreme court. jimmy carter is the only president in american history but to the full term without a single they consider greater richard nixon was only president for five years and he had to leave early, remember? [applause] but he got four appointments to the supreme court. they were replaced by richard nixon with chief justice warren burger. blackmun, and william rehnquist. as a think about that list, has a very important part of the oath. but it is american politics over the past generation. and that is the evolution of the republican party. it is the most important story in american politics. it is the most important story in the supreme court. because moderate republicans dominated the supreme court moderate republicans are gone and the supreme court and the united states congress, our i inspector is fighting for his life now, i had the privilege of covering senator specter who is a great character. often during his tenure in the senate, he left the republican party liter
might have to make compromises. >> define compromise, okay? richard nixon and ted kennedy could compromise very easily. richard nixon wanted the government to get bigger and ted kennedy wanted it to get much bigger. they compromised every year somewhere between bigger and much bigger and each one said, see, i did the best i could. today, however, we have two parties that are no longer regional parties, north versus south but actually committed to principles. the democrats have an expansive view of the role of government. they want higher taxes in order to spend more money. the republicans want lower taxes and spending less money. if somebody wants to go east and somebody wants to go west, what would a compromise be? i'm in favor of compromising in the direction of liberty. we had a compromise in 2011. republicans wanted to cut spending $6 trillion, the ryan plan and we agreed to $2.5 trillion in spending cuts. that was a compromise. we wanted more spending, we got less because obama wouldn't support more spending reduction. so you can have compromise in the direction of liberty,
of congress congress might otherwise have to make compromises. >> define compromise, okay? richard nixon and ted kennedy could compromise very easily. richard nixon wanted the government to get birg and ted kennedy wanted it to get much bigger opinion a bigger. today they are committed to principle. the democrats wanted an expansive view of the role of government. the republicans want lower taxes and spending less money. if somebody wants to go east and somebody wants to go west, what would a compromise be? i'm in favor of compromising in favor of -- we had a come mieds in 2011. the republicans wanted to cut taxes $6 trillion and we agreed to $2.5 trillion in spending cuts. dhafs -- that was a compromise. you can have compromise in the direction of liberty but raises taxes and spending more money, which is what obama wants to do is moving away from liberty. >> but you're painting it in extraordinarily stark terms. >> that's two parties are extraordinarily want to go in two different ways. >> do you have see any room in the pentagon budget for cuts? >> absolutely. serious conservatives ne
nixon was president. and i think that nixon was hoping to get a vacancy on the court and so one day, one of marshall's doctors came to him and said, the president has requested to send over your medical record. he had pneumonia. you know, he was very sick. and he said, of course he can send him over, but let me just right on the record with a black sharpie parker. and he wrote not that come exclamation point. [laughter] >> by most accounts, he was a terrible man to work for. one story that i have about douglas is about if he had written a u.s. reporter or something. the young man denied it. douglas is just humbly with rage and saying that books are temples. i would never trust a person who would write in person who would write an in a book written douglas takes the book and flips it under his window. and he throws it to heart and it goes out the window and lands in the courtyard outside and cracked the spine. and the center for second, and then the law clerk makes hst and check hasty exit about how he treats books. [laughter] >> david souter and stephen breyer are frequently together. no
whatsoever. the only, the stories about bootlegging don't begin until the 1970s. when nixon run against jfk in 1960, nixon brings out researchers, he hires researchers all over the country to find every bit of dirt they can about the kennedy family. and they find plenty of dirt about joe kennedy, but no one accuses him of being a bootlegger. it's only in the 1970s when writers are trying to figure out the assassination and they figure it can't be oswald, it's got to be the mafia, but why would the mafia go after jfk? and these explanations are put together. and all sorts of retired mafia, can you retire as a mafia person? [laughter] some of, you know, in the miami, in israel n in europe, in the bahamas, they all come out when asked, and they say, oh, yeah, joe kennedy was a good friend of mine, we did a lot of work. and writers, you know, seeing a good story wouldn't let it go. you know, and i'm reading this stuff trying to track down every rumor, every story, and, you know, the credible witnesses include al capone's piano tuner? [laughter] who gives an interview in which he says he was tun
're going reminded of that tonight. remember barry gold water talking about richard nixon. i can't tell you what he said because it's familily wrair and family television. it was a time when there were great liars. i want to coat from william's book just brief i are two different part. it's a dual buy biography of hill rei are and tbil. here on page 153. bill clinton displayed his inability to come clean about personal issues that were core of his identity. sometimes he outright lied often he shaded the truth. often he seemed to construct events that work to his own benefit. i happened to at yale as a undergraduate when they were in law school. one wonders about the attraction and one reads the second bit can is about ken star interviewing hillary clinton. i can tell you a story about ken who i had dinner with at precisely this time. i won't. it would go on too long. he determined he did not have evidence to indict hillary clinton. the examples of ingenious cases. something perhaps illegal had taken place in arkansas with the first lady much more with her husband at the heart of it. indian
of man all of the people on this earth are truly watching. >> president nixon had planned two different speeches one if you succeeded as you did and one if you didn't. fa other gain -- ordained the men who went to the moon she's brave men kneel arm stro-- neil armstrong know there is no hope in recovery but they know there was hope in mankind for their sacrifice. >> they were worried about how they would take it. >> there are pioneers. it was doing something that hadn't been done before. >> they splashed down into the pacifijuly 249, 1969. the space race was over. stars and stripes were still there. >> coming up, in the 1960s there was a hitv show lost in space and a movie marooned. as long as humans dreamed of exploring the heavens they shuddered at the possibility of never getting back. for the astronauts of apollo [girls laugh, bell rings] - whatever. - he asked me right before school started. - no way! - hi. - hi. - ♪ shine, come on and let it shine ♪ ♪ light me up-- - hi. >> if i told you next week or next month or next year americans would be landing on the moon. how huge wo
kennedy had been protestant we would have gotten 54, 55% against nixon. congressional democrats got 55% of the vote in 1960. jack kennedy got 51% of the vote. millions of white protestants who otherwise voted democrat did not vote for jack kennedy because he was a catholic. kennedy's presidency changed i think the dynamics of electoral politics, national electoral politics in this country because whether you like kennedy or not, whether you are going to vote for him if he lived in 1964 or not, it became abundantly clear during his presidency that he had made his decisions for himself based on the constitution of what was best for the united states. there wasn't the pope calling and saying do this, do this, do this. it sounds ridiculous. now but there were millions of people and there were some very important protestant leaders including billy graham who said do not vote for a catholic because the catholic is less, a catholic is in the agencies and i think the kennedy presidency change that. >> okay, the day of reckoning -- >> joseph kennedy's attitude and his own and anti-semitism do y
's something about caught on tape, ever since nixon, i don't know. you don't want to be caught on tape. merry christmas. happy new year, both of you guys. when we return, let me finish with my thoughts on the year that was. you're watching "hardball," the place for politics. ♪ [ female announcer ] he could be the one. soulmate. husband. loving father to your children. but first you've got to get him to say, "hello." new crest 3d white arctic fresh toothpaste. use it with these 3d white products, and whiten your teeth in just 2 days. what will a 3d white smile do for you? new crest 3d white toothpaste. life opens up when you do. >>> let me in tonight end the year with this. a reasonable judgment about american 2012 is that we are a more diverse people than some imagined. we are a country more tolerant of our diversity than i imagined. was it a good year for america? my answer is yes. as a country, we backed the rights of women, increasingly backed the rights of gay people. not just in life and liberty, but the pursuit of happiness. we were very open to words in the declaration of independenc
had 67 democrats. and ool on every bill -- >> reporter: nixon was president. >> he signed environmental legislation, clean air ability, clean water ability, the national environmental policy ability, epa was created. nixon signed it into law. it was a completely different atmosphere when i first got here in 1976. we had 295 democrats. i mean, you know, it was 2-1 over the republicans. so -- >> reporter: whatm>fy is your diagnosis of why things have changed. >> since newt gingrich became speaker, this place has been very competitive and both sides want to be in control. and because of that, there is -- and the country's split. the country, a lot of people out there who are fiscally conservative, others like myself believe in the short term we've got to do more, do infrastructure, things to get this economy moving ahead and that will reduce the deficit. that will lower unemployment and do positive things for the country. >> reporter: genuine -- >> the problem with the republicans they believe their rhetoric. i guess -- i guess some of us democrats believe our rhetoric. i'm a
to richard nixon. if you look at gerald ford and ronald regan was clearly a social conservative and put it front and center. george bush in his first term was and then in the second term was defeated. bob dole, john mccain, mitt romney. >> case closed. >> maybe that's not the right way, but -- boy that's the way the media has portrayed it. >> let me add a little color commentary there. let's go back to when you were a candidate for president. >> i knew you were going to bring that up, that painful memory of where that went. >> well we are sitting here because you had a platform that people connected with. you had a campaign with little resources. you fast-forward a few years to the candidate who had a similar message in this last election cycle, rick santorum. again, the same story. no resources, no backing from the establishment, but who almost captured the nomination. same case as you. it was that message that people were motivated by and engaged over. >> were there fewer evangelicals voting this time than four years ago? >> that was the challenge in this election. there was a lot mor
the nixon thing and in "6 minut0 minutes, would run over with a trench coat. and o'reilly second biggest book seller next to the today show, and if i kicked o'reilly's butt, okay? i'll look like a hero in front of my crew. so, it's a win-win for me, dan rather. that's the way i would think. he had a lot to gain here. >> you would think so, i mean, he took on in what turned out to be a disaster, he took on george bush, the elder, on the cbs evening news and he sat down face-to-face with saddam hussein, who could have had him killed before he left the country, but i know that -- i know it doesn't sound logical, but i think he's more comfortable with sitting down with a murderer like saddam hussein than he is -- i know, i you know what i'm going to say, than you. >> and the only reason people cancel. >> bill: yeah. >> because they have a conflict of scheduling and that wasn't it because he could have said, how about if i do it some other time. >> bill: we would have taped him. >> he doesn't want to do it. >> bill: and he doesn't want to do it. >> you said he spent a couple of million dollar
of the team in the biggest media market in the country and led the new york nixon this terrific winning streak. petered out a little bit. still needs to work on turnovers. having mixed success in houston. that was sentimentally that was my favorite story of the year. >> greta: for 2013, pay attention to africa. you mentioned the arab spring but i think africa is and what is going on there will be huge in 2013. >> the military is aggressive there and doing more drone work and worried about al-qaeda. good news from there, too, but it is an important place to watch. >> greta: i always bush on greta wire what is going on in sudan. the president is killing his people and sooner or later people will catch on to the story because it is brutal what he is doing. >> and the congo is the most violent place on earth unfortunately. >> greta: a lot of competition there for violent places. happy new year. >> greta: and coming up for the second time this week much of the country bracing for severe weather. is the new storm headed towards you? the latest on its track is next. plus, well, you can't see this vid
president in a way that a clinton or a nixon was not. regan changed the nature of the country and got it hooked on low taxes, less government and increase in inequality as obama sees it. he sees his historic role to undo reganism not to cut spending, it is to raise taxes. he let the cat out of the bag monday. in the little rally he held he said to republicans you are not getting any spending cuts today and you know that. he said if you think you can get spending cuts after this in the rest of the negotiations the answer is no. if you want to cut in spending you have to increase taxes on the rich. remember he got an increase in revenues now by raising the rates on the rich. well, now he is going to return as he said on monday and get increased revenue from the rich by eliminating deductions. the other way to do it. so he has no interest in anything other than raising the taxation to preregan levels so he can support the entitlement stake which is what his presidency is all about. a very long view and i think he is attacking it exactly the right way if you were of his ideology. >> bret:
the voice of your client on tape there is something about caught on tape. ever since nixon, i don't know. what you don't want to be caught on tape. thank you. merry christmas, happy new year to both of you guys. happy new year. when we return, let me finish with my thoughts on the year that was. you're watching "hardball," the place for politics. [ whistle blows ] hi victor! mom? i know you got to go in a minute but this is a real quick meal, that's perfect for two! campbell's chunky beef with country vegetables, poured over rice! [ male announcer ] campbell's chunky soup. it fills you up right. >>> let me end tonight and the year with this. i said it was a year of two steps forward, one step backward. a reasonable judgment about america in 2012 is we are a more diverse people than some imagined. we are a country more tolerant than i imagined. was it a good year for america? my answer is yes. as a country, we backed the rights of women, increasingly backed those of guy people. we voted as a people who believe not just in life and liberty, but the pursuit of happiness. from a distance of
of the alternative history things, what if nixon had been kennedy in 1960? what if john kennedy had never been president? thinking of all the thousands of books that never would have been written or may be different books written. i once interviewed caroline kennedy who edited a simple book career mother was writing mostly and tapes from the white house, caroline kennedy is famous for staying on message and talking about certain things but not other things, tend to get off message. have you ever thought about a kennedy bookstore. she would not say anything about it. it is possible to have an entire book store devoted to the kennedys, a serious history, arnold schwarzenegger's book could be there as well. he tells the story going back -- he and maria shows in the house, in los angeles, hollywood. joseph kennedy would appear for a while and there was a tunnel underneath the house to gloria swanson's house and he said maria was the most interested and embarrassed by this story. i asked donald why he put that in the book. he didn't really answer the question. >> here's a question. kennedy's book s
communism, and those closely associated with the like richard nixon. it was dealt a devastating blow. if alger hiss was guilty, anti communism would occupy a prominent part of the political landscape, and his spokesman would become national leaders. furthermore, chambers and alger hiss each represented one side in the epic struggle of the cold war. one man symbolized the philosophy of freedom and western civilization. the other the ideology of totalitarianism and marxism and leninism. both left and right understood that america and the world was at a critical point in history. considered a major political events had transpired between august of 1948 when chambers confronted alger hiss at a congressional hearing. in may of 1952 when chambers published his managerial and magisterial memoir "witness". in february of 1948, the communists seized control of czechoslovakia's. was the first soviet seizure by force of a free popular government and it stunned official washington. in china mao tse tung's people's liberation army and shanghai check's nationalist forces on the run the following y
really wants to be president in this picture? you fold it and it turned into richard nixon. >> al, how would you describe your artwork? >> it is just what pours out of my twisted mind. >> today, matt continues to poke fun at everyone from politicians to celebrities. a stamp that you have earned your place in pop culture. >> this is our celebrity snaps. over the years, many celebrities would put their photo in holding "mad" generally when they are in the issue. it just came in from the printer, a new issue coming out. >> why look. >> stop it, stop it. this is wonderful. even if it is just for a day, it feels pretty good to be in such great company. >> look at that. >> keeping with ridiculous, i like it. the current issue of "mad" is a tribute to the world's dumbest people, 2012. get this for your nephew and nieces and get it for yourself. you also may want to pick up this special edition on store shelves quite yet. >> that's the one i want. >> stop it, stop it, stop it. >> i was so excited. nice to see you guys. thanks for being here. >> we'll be right back after these messages. one day
fashion. what is his position going to be? is it going to be nixon goes to china when it comes to the granddaddy here of this whole mess, which is entitlement reform, will he able to come to a deal which really cuts things on the spending side because that really did not happen in these last 48 frenetic hours. >> stand by, jim. i want to bring in congresswoman maxine waters. happy new year. >> happy new year to you, also. >> let me play be a clip of your colleagues reacting to this. >> it was because of the action of the senate that we found ourselves here on new year's eve that we had to take this action. the house is saying no more. >> compromise and solutions, that's what the house wants. it was house democrats who stopped us from going off this cliff. >> a lot of finger pointing we've heard over the last several hours, a lot of the blame game and frankly a lot of complaints as you well know. how would you describe the mood on the hill this morning, congresswoman? >> well, it's a bit early yet but as i left last evening, we democrats were pleased that we were able to protect
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